BATHURST 3-HOUR SHOWROOM SHOWDOWN -- SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14 3rd November 1998
SUPER TOURING AND INDY LIGHTS STAR FOR SHOWROOM SHOWDOWN
Multiple Australian Super Touring Car Champion and Indy Lights combatant, Paul Morris is the latest addition to the star-studded field for the 3-Hour Bathurst Showroom Showdown on November 14.
Morris will team up with fellow Queenslander John Teulan aboard "Godzilla", a potent Nissan Skyline GT-R Turbo.
Teulan impressively debuted the car at the recent Courier Mail GTP Classic at the Honda Indy and is putting together a strong package for the Bathurst event.
Morris has already undertaken a number of laps in the car at Lakeside in preparation for the race and is looking forward to returning to Mount Panorama.
"The car certainly has plenty of horsepower but we will have to keep an eye on the brakes to ensure we are still challenging strongly at the finish," Morris said.
"I certainly think the Skyline has got great potential and it is a great opportunity for me to have a drive and keep my eye in.
"It is going to be a lot of fun getting back behind the wheel of a production car."
Morris previously drove in the BMW M3R in several rounds of the 1996 GTP championship.
Winner of the 1995 and 1997 Australian Super Touring Car Championship, the Gold Coaster has spent the season racing Indy Lights in the U.S.
The Skyline will be the second four-wheel-drive racecar he has steered in 1998, having previously driven for Audi in the Super Touring Bathurst event.
"John (Teulan) rang me up out of the blue and asked whether I would like to have a drive and I did a few laps at Lakeside before I committed to the project," Morris said.
"I was impressed by the way John went about things and the presentation of the car was impressive so I thought it would be great to get some more laps at Bathurst."
The Skyline GT-R is expected to battle strongly with four other turbo Japanese machines including a pair of Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo Vs driven by Ross Almond/Trevor John and Ross Halliday/Fred Gentile and two Toyota Supra RZ Twin Turbo coupes with Jamie Cartwright/Christian D'Agostin and Bob Thorn/Rod Dawson behind the wheel.
Almond is looking forward to the challenge of doing battle with the Skyline at Bathurst.
"John showed the car had great potential at Indy and with Paul Morris on his team, the Skyline is going to be very strong," Almond said.
"Our team is eagerly awaiting the chance to uphold the honour for Mitsubishi against some of its arch rivals in the market place."
With a capacity 55 car field, the 3-Hour Bathurst Showroom Showdown will be telecast live by Network Ten throughout Australia.